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Michigan Prisons To Accept Visitors for the First Time in Over a Year

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Starting March 26, visitors will be allowed at Michigan prisons. The move comes as more prisoners and members of the public become vaccinated.

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Starting March 26, visitors will be allowed at Michigan prisons for the first time in more than a year.

Chris Gautz, a spokesperson for the Michigan Department of Corrections, says increased vaccination rates led to the decision to re-allow visitors.

As we’ve seen, more and more prisoners and staff (have) become vaccinated,” said Gautz. “More members of the public (have) become vaccinated, (and we’re) seeing our numbers around the state in general trending in a good downward projection. It felt that now with time.”

Gautz says visitors will need to test negative for the virus at the prison. Plexiglass barriers and other safety precautions will be put in place as well.

Half of those incarcerated will be vaccinated by the time the visits resume, according to Gautz. To date, 25% of inmates have been vaccinated.

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